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Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa resigns amid government shut down fears

15 Dec 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's embattled Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country's president political space to prevent an imminent government shutdown.

The politics of a plot to kill Sri Lanka's president

14 Dec 2018

COLOMBO A plot to kill the president, links to foreign intelligence, a rogue police officer and a missing sniper: the snippets of news emerging from Sri Lanka in recent weeks seem plucked from the pages of paperback fiction.

Sri Lanka court rules parliament dissolution illegal in setback for president

13 Dec 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament ahead of its term is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, a setback for the embattled leader in his dispute with an ousted prime minister.

Sri Lanka court bars Rajapaksa from office, disputed PM to appeal

03 Dec 2018

COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court issued an order preventing Mahinda Rajapaksa and his disputed cabinet from holding office on Monday, heightening the island's political drama and drawing an immediate vow to appeal from the prime minister.

Exclusive: Sri Lanka president weighs backing down in crisis over parliament - sources

03 Dec 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve parliament, sources close to the president said, possibly easing weeks of political deadlock.

Exclusive: Sri Lanka president weighs backing down in crisis over parliament - sources

30 Nov 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is considering dropping an attempt to dissolve parliament, sources close to the president said, possibly easing weeks of political deadlock.

Sri Lanka parliament halts ministers' salaries to hinder disputed PM

30 Nov 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday voted to halt payment of ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it remained unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.

Sri Lanka parliament set to cut ministers' salaries, travel expenses

30 Nov 2018

COLOMBO, Nov 30 Sri Lanka's parliament on Friday was set to pass a motion cutting ministers' salaries and travel expenses, but it was unclear how the move would impact the disputed government of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa whose ministers boycotted the vote.

Sri Lanka signs port deals with China amid political upheaval

29 Nov 2018

COLOMBO Sri Lanka penned two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality of the deals.

UPDATE 1-Sri Lanka signs port deals with China amid political upheaval

29 Nov 2018

COLOMBO, Nov 29 Sri Lanka penned two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality of the deals.

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